It’s nearly Christmas (18 days), our favourite time of the year! We love getting crafty and messy. We’re in the middle of decorating the living room at the moment so the telly is off the wall, and everything is piled in the middle of the room meaning no Christmas movies together and no chilling on the sofa with a hot chocolate under a duvet.
Earlier this year we made some chameleons (I’ll do a post about those later) and I had the idea of using the same idea for a Christmas tree with colour changing lights.
I wanted to try it at the school I work in first but couldn’t get hold of paper plates believe it or not so we made them at home!
Here’s how we made them:
Draw a simple Christmas tree design
Poke holes in for lights
Colour the lights
We did lots of different colours all over a second paper plate. Toby’s colouring his is in every single colour we have. He also has a moustache and part glasses after the elves drew on him through the night!
Attach the lights to the back of the tree with a split pin
And spin!! Watch your Christmas tree lights change colour!
These took us around 20-30 minutes which was perfect for Toby, he’s 4 and hasn’t the greatest attention span so any longer and he’d have soon got bored. You could do much more intricate trees using the same idea which would take longer and be ideal for older kids.
We used double tipped pens – they’re brushes on one end and normal pen tips at the other. I use them for bullet journaling. Paint would probably be good, if not better, but we’re all out for the first time in years! Time to top up.
On that note I’m away shopping now, Merry Christmas 🎄
Last week we didn’t get much done. I had so many ideas swimming around in my head that I overwhelmed myself with them and I decided that if our home education journey was to be a success then we needed a plan going forward. So I decided to return to bullet journaling. It’s a hobby I previously had and enjoyed and I hope that I will use it going forward now I have a real purpose for it. Bullet journaling is basically a DIY journal with no limits whatsoever. You can have anything in it that helps you, just unleash your creative side! Some popular pages in a bullet journal are weekly/monthly spreads, to do lists, mood trackers, exercise trackers and so much more.
I bought the Leuchtturm 1917 Slim which is an A4 journal and perfect for what I need it for. I previously had the same but in A5 instead.
My journal is obviously a work in progress but will be used to show our home education plan to officials, it will be used to organise ourselves and every aspect of our busy lives. It is a source of self-motivation.
I chose a double page monthly layout for my main plans, as you can see we don’t have a particularly busy November planned so far although it’s not complete. This style offers me plenty of room to add in plans for our family of 6. The little dragon in the bottom was added at the insistence of my daughter who was desperate for me to try draw one! I feel he ruins the page in one respect but then when I see him I think of her so he actually makes me smile :).
This is my plan for this week, in no particular order. The beauty of home education is there is no set timetable, if he wants to look at energy today that’s fine, if he doesn’t that’s also ok, as long as he does it this week. Monday we did some work on algebra, and the history of Christmas with History.com. His life revolves around coding so it’s a bit of a given that he’ll do that daily.
I found a great Christmas stocking pattern and tutorial at Bags of Love which we have printed off. The material is on order and we’ll make a start soon. The objectives for this will be to see that he can read and follow the pattern, use a number of different stitches (perhaps not on the sticking but certainly some practise pieces first), safely use a sewing machine, complete the stocking, and finally write up about the project.
We have lots of sources and resources for the other subjects, books, websites and materials. Home education doesn’t have to cost much, in fact many of ours were free or very cheap second hand!
We have 2 huskies, well maybe 1.5, our first was sold to us as a husky but her face shape slightly differs to our KC registered husky. She obviously has some husky in her but I doubt anywhere near full.
Star was 10 weeks when we saw an advertisement – £150 because we haven’t the time for her. We snapped her up. Spirit joined us just over a year later at 5 months old. He had been bought 3 months earlier by someone who completely underestimated what it would mean raising a husky. She gave him to us free of charge. They would’ve made beautiful pups but we felt that the only reasons we could come up with for breeding were selfish ones so we had them fixed. They bring so much joy, and also some not so much joy into our lives. Here are some reasons you should have a husky in your life.
1. Husky puppies are the cutest
We don’t have any photographs of Spirit before we got him and that makes me a bit sad, but my goodness did Star make up for it. I fell in love with both of them the day I met them.
2. They love kids and vice versa
Our kids absolutely adore our two, and they adore the kids in return. I would never trust a dog 100% but our girly come as close as you could probably get I reckon. Huskies are very sociable and love people in general, anytime we have guests – adults or children, they are first at the door to greet them. Spirit is a little bit more temperamental, his first 5 months he started to rule the house he was living in. He was food aggressive when he came, and wasn’t very pleasant at all but with a bit of tough love he’s an amazing dog now with a bit of an attitude. Our 4 year old bosses him around all the time and there’s not so much as a growl.
3. They take you on the best adventures.
Huskies can go for miles, we like to take ours to new places to go exploring and they never get tired of it. All you have to do is mention the ‘W word’ and they’re howling and running around excited. Whilst we have a 4 year old who cannot keep up, our exploring walks are backed up with longer walks with just my partner as they need a lot of exercise. We also have a large garden for them to run around in. We’ve visited some pretty amazing places in Yorkshire with our pair which I’ll write about another time.
4. smile and the world smiles with you
Huskies like to smile, and it never gets boring walking into a room and seeing them beaming at you. Spirit is often found grinning away and it has my heart every. single. time!
5. they can sleep in any position
One thing I see regularly is huskies sleeping in the funniest positions and ours are no different. I have a whole bunch of pictures of mine asleep because it never fails to make me chuckle. Their characters are just amazing. Here’s a few of mine…
6. they stop the kids getting lazy
When walking with a husky it has become apparent that they will tire the kids out faster than you can tire a husky out. If your kids are as energetic as mine you will know this is a good thing. So get your kids involved in walking the dogs!!
7. they make good neighbourhood watch dogs
If ours could talk they could tell you everything that goes on outside the house. They love to sit in the window and watch the world go by, shouting at any other canine that dares to pass our home. We often get people stopping to admire them through the window which definitely helps the dogs feel even more special and important.
8. free fur forever
Huskies moult twice a year. Hahahaha! I said it with a straight face. I am fairly certain mine moult for around 2 – 3 months each, one after the other after the other after the other after the other. We seem to be in permanent moult mode. Which is fine if you make pram hoods, or want a husky fur duvet (I’m on to something there aren’t I?). As a rule we don’t allow our huskies upstairs, only because that’s where the 4 year old sleeps and we can’t close his bedroom door, but their fur gets EVERYWHERE regardless.
9. they never answer back
Okay so that’s a lie, whilst our girl basically does whatever she’s asked our boy likes to push the boundaries. He likes to think he’s in charge and when asked to do something will argue back with you like a teenage boy! He does do as he’s told eventually when he remembers who’s boss in the house though and we just class it as a funny part of his character.
10. you can win any fancy dress competition with a husky
This really needs no explanation!
11. your neighbours will love you
Huskies like to howl, and if you have two of them they like to howl together. Once one starts the other soon follows and it is the most beautiful song in the world. Of course we don’t do this much because we do have neighbours, but you can be sure if there’s a problem in the middle of the night we will all know about it! Luckily we don’t get any complaints (at least to our faces) about ours!
Have I convinced you a husky is for you? Do you have huskies and find any part of my post relatable? I can’t imagine never having ours in our life now.